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EG KIGHT

Lip Service

2011-10-14

Nick's Picks: 03 That's How A Woman Loves, 04 Lip Service, 05 Savannah, 09 It's Gonna Rain All Night, 11 Married Man

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Review by Steven "Nick" Nickelson of EG Kight Lip Service: EG Kight has been compared to the late, great Koko Taylor; however, after listening to her latest release, I am of the opinion that she has her own unique styling - kinda like Southern Fried Blues, with her own smokey voice, and her passion is her own. I'm inclined to include her in the same class as Big Mama Thornton, Betty Padgett, Etta James, and Mavis Staples. Granted, the field of women blues singers has historically been small (and even smaller for women blues songwriters), but her work is heartfelt, and shows great talent. Her tribute to Koko Taylor ("Koko's Song") is true to Koko's form - particularly on "Lip Service". EG (what exactly do those initials represent?) writes all her material - consequently, her songwriting seems to have no basis for comparison to other female songwriter/performers. (I can detect a whiff of Otis Redding and Ray Charles on "Somewhere Down Deep", James Brown on "I'm In It To Win It", Nat King Cole on "It's Gonna Rain All Night", and Percy Sledge on "That's How A Woman Loves"). Although she may not be as prolific as some of the other female blues songwriters, I think the quality and arrangements make a big difference. I look forward to hearing more from this gifted blues artist. And that's my two nickels' worth.........................Nick

ARTIST BIO: EG Kight’s career began in country music, and early on she was dubbed “The Georgia Songbird”. Over the years she has broadened her musical scope to include americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk. Kight has shared the stage with a wide array of artists, including Koko Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, Foghat, Pinetop Perkins, Lee Roy Parnell, Phoebe Snow, Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman, Robert Cray, Merle Haggard, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, the Bloomsburg Symphony Orchestra; and the world renowned Garrison Keillor, among others. Born and raised in a small town in rural Georgia, Kight still lives on the land that’s been in her family for four generations. Her roots go deep, and that comes through in her music. More than just a strikingly rich vocalist, from a family of gospel singers, Kight has also mastered the guitar, gaining the attention of Taylor Guitars, who supplies her with the tools of her trade Kight’s brand new release, LIP SERVICE, debuted at #23 on the Living Blues chart, is garnering great reviews, and is already getting airplay worldwide. Her 2008 release, "It's Hot In Here" climbed to #1 on the roots blues charts, and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Honored with six BMA nominations, twice for Song of the Year, her songs have a universal reach.

The Musicians:

・ EG Kight – songwriter, vocals, producer, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, piano

・ Tommy Talton – lead guitar, rhythm guitar

・ Randall Bramblett – B3 Hammond, piano, wurlitzer

・ Marshall Coats – bass

・ Bill Stewart – drums

・ Cliff Meyers – baritone sax

・ Kimberly Welch – background vocals

・ Ken Wynn – lead guitar

・ Johnny Fountain – bass

・ Gary Porter – drums, tambourine

・ Marcus Henderson – alto sax

・ Jerry Mullins – trumpet

・ Earl Ford– trombone

・ Paul Hornsby – producer, B3 Hammond, piano, bass

・ Gil Gillis – producer, guitar, piano, bass, percussion

・ Steve Brewster – drums

・ Adam Mewherter – trombone

・ Willie Morris –background vocals

・ John Nemeth – special guest

The Songs:

Sugar Daddies (EG Kight, Tom Horner)

I'm In It To Win It (EG Kight, Tom Horner)

That's How A Woman Loves (EG Kight)

Lip Service (EG Kight, Tom Horner)

Savannah (EG Kight, Gil Gillis)

Koko's Song (EG Kight, Tom Horner)

Somewhere Down Deep (EG Kight, Tom Horner, Bonnie Tallman)

I Can't Turn Him Off (EG Kight, Tom Horner)

It's Gonna Rain All Night (Paul Hornsby)

Goodbye (EG Kight)

Married Man (EG Kight)

I'm Happy With The One I Got Now (EG Kight, Joanna Cotten, Johnny Neel)

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